July 25, 2017
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled “Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill.” Ron Rutledge, President and CEO of Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH), provided testimony showcasing the vital role that federal crop insurance plays for America’s farmers and the rural economy.
“Crop insurance provides farmers, ranchers, and their lenders with certainty that ad hoc disaster assistance cannot provide,” Rutledge said. “It provides assistance in a timely manner when disaster strikes. And importantly, farmers are always expected to pay for the protection of crop insurance, unlike ad hoc disaster assistance which is fully-funded by taxpayers.”
Click here to watch a video archive of the hearing, including testimony from 16 other agriculture stakeholders including many who turn to crop insurance during times of natural disaster. Click here to read the full press release.
May 23, 2017
Crop Insurers Comment on President’s Proposed Budget
The White House today released details of its FY2018 proposed budget, which included steep cuts to crop insurance and other farm policies. Click here for the joint statement made by the The American Association of Crop Insurers, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, and National Crop Insurance Services in response.
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March 16, 2017
Optimistic Sign that President’s Budget Blueprint Contains No Cuts to Crop Insurance
On March 16, the Trump Administration unveiled their Budget Blueprint. There were no cuts made to crop insurance or to RMA’s discretionary budget. Click here for the statement that the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau made on the Administration’s Budget Blueprint.
March 13, 2017
Crop Insurance Coalition Sends Letters Urging Administration, Lawmakers to Protect Crop Insurance
A group of 60 national farm, lending, ag input, conservation, and crop insurance and reinsurance organizations, led by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, sent a letter to the Administration and key lawmakers opposing cuts to crop insurance during the upcoming budget and appropriations processes and in the 2018 Farm Bill.
“All told, the 2014 Farm Bill is a careful balance of priorities and should not be reopened before its expiration in 2018 to achieve additional budget savings. Moreover, even in the 2018 Farm Bill, cuts to crop insurance during this difficult time for rural America should be avoided. Farmers and lawmakers agree that crop insurance is a linchpin of the farm safety net and is crucial to the economic security of rural America,” the letters explain.
Please contact CIRB Federal Affairs Vice President Tara Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the letters or the crop insurance coalition.
August 30, 2016
CIRB Announces Second Emerging Leaders Program Class
The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) announced the selection of 11 participants for the second annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), more than doubling in size from last year’s inaugural class. The program increases crop insurance professionals’ knowledge of key policy issues and prepares them with the skills they need to be effective advocates.
April 12, 2016
CIRB Celebrates Inaugural Emerging Leaders Program Graduates
The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) celebrated its inaugural Emerging Leaders Program class with a graduation ceremony held last night as part of its Spring Policy Conference and Fly-In. CIRB launched the program in 2015 to ensure the next generation of crop insurance leaders are equipped with the tools they need to be effective advocates.
March 17, 2016
Crop Insurance Coalition Letter
On March 17, the Senate and House Ag Appropriations Committee received this crop insurance coalition letter, signed by 58 farm, lending, ag input and crop insurance and reinsurance organizations to advocate for no cuts to crop insurance during the budget process.
February 26, 2016
Crop Insurance Industry- Protect Crop Insurance
On February 25, the Senate and House Budget Committee’s received this crop insurance coalition letter, signed by 58 farm, lending, ag input and crop insurance and reinsurance organizations to advocate for no cuts to crop insurance during the budget process.
February 16, 2016
CIRB: Unified Industry Looks to Future
More than 125 crop insurance leaders gathered for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s 2016 Annual Meeting, which ended Friday in Indian Wells, CA. Recent challenges- and a glimpse at what may lie ahead – were analyzed by expert speakers during the program. The agriculture community’s unprecedented effort to reverse devastating budget cuts to crop insurance loomed large in the conversation. Click here to read on.